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For Young Nick

for orchestra

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation:  2222; 4231; timp+2; pno, hp; strings | (Perc: snare drum, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, tambourine)

Year:  2002
Duration:  5m 30s
Instrumentation  2222; 4231; timp+2; pno, hp...

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

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Recorded in 2012 by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Leonie Holmes: For Young Ni...

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Performed in 2002 by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Leonie Holmes: For Young Ni...

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As I listened to media reports on the ownership of Young Nick's Head, I began to wonder about the life of the real 'Young Nick', who first sighted this land from the deck of the ship Endeavour. What was life like on board the ship for the young boy, and how did it feel to sight the land? Various images came to mind, including a silhouette of land in the early morning light, or a murky shape barely visible through grey storm spray, or a dark smudge on a bright blue horizon. This piece was written with these images in mind.

For Young Nick was premiered by Wellington Youth Orchestra in 2003.

Commissioned note

Commissioned for Uwe Grodd and the Manukau City Symphony Orchestra with funding assistance from Creative Communities, Manukau City.

Performance history

27 Nov 2002: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia, conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya

20 Oct 2003: Performed by Wellington Youth Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei at Wellington Town Hall

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hamish McKeich in June 2012

Performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Marc Taddei.

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